Renowned Researcher Discusses Cell Phones and Cancer Risk

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David McCormick, PhD

Nationally renowned cancer researcher David McCormick, PhD, was the featured speaker at the Margaret and Herman Sokol Science Lecture held at Montclair State University’s Alexander Kasser Theater on October 1.

A leading expert in the fields of toxicology, carcinogenesis, cancer biology and the biological effects of non-ionizing radiation, McCormick spoke on the topic, “Cell Phones and Cancer Risk, What Do We Really Know?” Stating that although to date, there is no body of evidence to link cell phone use to brain cancer, continued research on the subject is necessary considering the staggering numbers of people worldwide who use cell phones.

McCormick is a professor of Biology at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and the senior vice president and director of the IIT Research Institute. He is currently working on a number of research projects for the National Cancer Institute and is finishing up a seven-year, $25-million National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences research project on “Studies to Evaluate the Toxic and Carcinogenic Potential of Cell Phone Radiofrequency Radiation.”

The recipient of numerous awards and honors including the New Investigator Research Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the IIT Research Institute Presidential Award for Science and Technology, McCormick is a member of the American Association for Cancer Research, the Society of Toxicology and the American College of Toxicology.

Presented by the College of Science and Mathematics, the Sokol Science Lecture Series was established in 2002 through a gift from benefactors Margaret and Herman Sokol. The annual lectures provide an opportunity for members of the University and surrounding communities to gain a greater appreciation and expanded knowledge of important issues in science.

Videos of the lecture, “Cell Phones and Cancer Risk, What Do We Really Know?” are available for viewing at Sokol Lecture.